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Stories about Literature

29 November 2015

To the World, He's Malaysia's Most Famous Political Prisoner. To His Daughter, He's Simply ‘My Dear Papa’

Nurul Hana Anwar channeled her sadness into a recently published book, "My Dear Papa". The collages inside offer a deeply personal picture of her father Anwar Ibrahim.

28 November 2015

In Malaysia, One Daughter's Long Wait for Her Father’s Return

When the Malaysian government imprisoned Anwar Ibrahim, they did not just take away his political career. They also took away a grandfather, a father and a husband.

26 November 2015

Singaporeans Can Now Legally Own and Read ‘Fanny Hill’, but Playboy Is Still Banned

The government lifted the ban for 240 publications but 17 titles remain prohibited for being obscene or contrary to public interest.

23 November 2015

One Woman's Poem for Syrian Refugees—Including Her Cousin, Who Died Crossing the Mediterranean

“If I can create an empathetic bridge for them, through the poem, that that will create a really powerful success story.”

29 October 2015

Indian Scholars Return Their National Awards to Protest Rising Intolerance

"We have never seen an atmosphere like this in India before. There never was any fear to freely voice one’s opinions."

18 October 2015

He Crossed Nine Countries to Flee War—and He Was Just 12 Years Old

Gulwari Passarlay was only 12 when his mother sent him away from Afghanistan because she feared for his safety in the UK. He's written a book about his journey.

14 October 2015

Marlon James Makes Jamaica Proud With His Man Booker Prize for Fiction Win

Bob Marley. The CIA. Politics. Gang warfare. What's not to love? The judges of the Man Booker Prize thought so; they named Jamaican Marlon James as this year's award winner.

9 October 2015

A New Collection of Children's Books Intends to Subvert Your Ideas of Princesses

The heroines of these stories neither live in castles nor wait for their charming prince to come and rescue them.

8 October 2015

Belarusian Author and Journalist Svetlana Alexievich Wins 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature

RuNet Echo

Alexievich is the 14th woman to win a Nobel Prize in Literature, and the first Russian-language author to be granted the honor since 1987, when Joseph Brodsky received the prize.

5 October 2015

Portrait of Nobel Literary Prize Winner Pablo Neruda Sparks Debate About Rape Culture in Chile

Chilean poet Pablo Neruda included an account of a rape in his memoir. Now, an artist reimagines the author's memoir with a new title, "I Confess That I Have Raped."

27 September 2015

Latin American Authors ‘Help’ to Rescue Andean Indigenous Languages

Works by Latin American writers, including Mario Vargas Llosa and Gabriel García Márquez, will now be available in Quechua, an Andean indigenous language, thanks to a government initiative in Cusco.

26 August 2015

Chinese Cultural Revolution Sci-Fi Wins Hugo Awards’ Best Novel Prize

"Even with all the dodgy science in Liu Cixin's sci-fi, his values and literary skill aside, his imagination still far surpasses that of other contemporary Chinese sci-fi writers."

18 July 2015

You Can't Read These Books, But Your Great-Great-Grandchildren Can

A thousand trees have been planted in a forest in Norway, which will supply paper for a special anthology of books to be printed a century from now.

17 July 2015

Humanizing Politics and Building Bridges: Katie Brown's Literature-Based View of Venezuela

A researcher from the United Kingdom talks to Global Voices about Venezuela's contemporary literature and how local fiction helps decipher a country misunderstood by many.

21 June 2015

Introducing Swaziland’s Most Prominent Poetry Movement

A 68-Year-Old Book Is Fueling a Major Debate About Race in Costa Rica

Almost a century after its publication, the classic children's book "Cocorí" is fueling a major debate about racism in Costa Rica today.

12 June 2015

Celebrating the Zimbabwean Writer Who Was ‘Against Everything’

Facebook users celebrate the life and works of Dambudzo Marechera, the Zimbabwean literary figure who once wrote, "I’m against everything. Against war and those against war."

23 May 2015

This Mexican Author Says Languages Aren't Straitjackets, but Tools to Start a Bilingual Conversation

Cristina Rivera Garza used to publish only in Spanish, but after 25 years in the US, she says writing in both Spanish and English brings tremendous richness to her experience.

17 May 2015

The Poetical Is Political as Tajik Wordsmith Declares ‘Death to Afghanistan’

'I do believe, that whoever wishes death to Afghanistan, cannot have any love for Tajikistan.'

14 May 2015

A Japanese Town Wants UNESCO Recognition for Kamikaze Memorabilia

Before the young pilots flew to their deaths in WWII, many left behind letters and other artifacts. The town of Chiran wants them given UNESCO's "Memory of the World" status.

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